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ACCREDITATION. Community Day February 1, 2011. Significance of Accreditation. Accreditation – Allows the students at KC to apply for Federal and/or State Financial aid Employers often require that its employees graduate from accredited institutions

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Community Day February 1, 2011

Significance of Accreditation

  • Accreditation –

    • Allows the students at KC to apply for Federal and/or State Financial aid

    • Employers often require that its employees graduate from accredited institutions

    • States often require graduates who apply for licenses to graduate from accredited institutions

    • A means of lessening the impact of cost and the burden of external controls on colleges

What is Accreditation?

  • Accreditation is a process that allows a college to demonstrate that what it says it is doing--it is actually doing

    • It gives the college the opportunity to examine its own beliefs and how it lives them out

    • It gives the college the opportunity to examine itself to see where it is doing well, where it exceeds its beliefs, and where it can improve

The Accreditation Process

  • The process involves the whole institution –faculty, administration, staff, students, and trustees

  • It involves writing a self-study which explores the college and presents the college’s story as compared to a set of criteria

  • It involves a visit from a an evaluation team to see if what was written is indeed what is found

  • It takes time and commitment


  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is our accrediting body--

    • The last accreditation was 8 years ago and the college was accredited for 10 years (2002-2012).

    • The college has to provide further evidence and reports during this time

    • Accreditation allows us to participate in many programs that support the college community


  • The ten years are almost up and now the college has to go through the reaccreditation process

    • It involves the same groups

      • Administration, trustees, faculty, staff and students

      • It requires an in-depth self study

      • It will require a visit from a team

  • It validates what we have been doing and allows us to look to the future and prepare for what we can do

  • It provides insights into areas that we need to improve and gives the opportunity to be publically proud of what we do well


  • Self-Regulation and Peer Review

  • Strengthen and sustain the quality and integrity of higher education


Increase accountability to both internal and external constituents

  • Review, evaluate, and strengthen the processes employed for annual and long-term planning and budgeting to ensure Keuka’s future

  • Review our educational programs and services so as to enhance teaching, student learning and achievement


“Institutional improvement through self-analysis”

Key activities of the self-study process:

  • Analysis

  • Evaluation

  • Identifying strategies for continued improvement


1. The college establishes chair persons for the process

  • Ann Tuttle and Tim Sellers were identified for KC

    2. The Chairs identify a Steering Committee

    3. The Steering Committee and Administration address key issues

  • Steering Committee works on study design


    • Charge for the Steering Committee

      • Create research questions to be answered

      • Identify “task forces” or “working groups” to answer the questions

      • Develop chapter drafts with working groups

      • Communicate the goals of the self-study and encourage broad participation in the self-study process

      • Arrange for institution –wide review of and responses to a draft of the self-study

      • Oversee the completion of the final self-study report and documents relevant to the self-study process and team visit


    Charge for the Taskforces/Working Groups:

    • Address the research questions

    • Gather and analyze evidence, using existing documents or developing new documents

    • Produce outlines of drafts in collaboration with Steering Committee

    • Produce final drafts of reports


    • The entire institution will be needed to complete the self study

      • Data will be sought from all members of the community

      • Many people not currently on a task force will be asked to participate at some point

    • The Steering Committee will also prepare for a site visit

      • A site visit occurs when several visitors come to the campus – in this case the Main Campus, various sites for ASAP, and sites in China and Vietnam


    The site visit (Spring 2013)

    • The visitors will meet with various members of the college community

    • They will informally “chat” with various community members

    • They will review materials gathered by the Steering Committee and the various task forces

  • The visitors are comparing what was said in the self study with what they find at the college.


    • After the site visitors leave, they will write a report and submit it to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education for a final determination.

    • Assessment remains embedded and evident in the institutional processes

    Outcomes of Self-Study

    • Celebration of institutional strengths

    • Development of action plans to address recommendations for improvement

    • An institution unified through involvement

    • Commitment to a shared understanding and vision of a Keuka education

    Keuka College

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